Wednesday, June 18, 2014

87th Oscar Visual Effects Updates (2014-2015 Awards Season) (6/18/2014)

If you’re looking for an Oscar category that features films that the general public has heard of this far out, then Visual Effects is the place to go. There are plenty of superheroes and space odysseys vying for contention, but the winner will usually be the film that also has a chance at a best picture nod. This year, that film is Interstellar.

In addition to the obvious effects-driven blockbusters, I’ve included some films further down my long list that may seem baffling at first look. But remember that the visual effects branch is one which asks for technical information from the studios and visual effects artists, and then holds a “bakeoff” allowing them to explain how they did their work and giving them a chance to demonstrate technical breakthroughs and new applications of their craft. So even things that aren’t immediately evident as effects to the general public, such as the bookcases in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy a few year back, get to make their case to the appropriate voting committees.

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1. Interstellar (Predicted Winner)
2. The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
3. Godzilla
4. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
5. Guardians Of The Galaxy

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6. Transformers: Age Of Extinction
7. Exodus: Gods And Kings
8. Noah
9. Maleficent
10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
11. X-Men: Days Of Future Past
12. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
13. Edge Of Tomorrow
14. Unbroken
15. Mr. Turner
16. Snowpiercer
17. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
18. 300: Rise Of An Empire
19. RoboCop
20. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
21. Into The Woods
22. The Monkey King
23. Paddington
24. Lucy
25. Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

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26. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
27. Under The Skin
28. Hercules
29. Earth To Echo
30. Fury
31. Pompeii
32. Stalingrad
33. Transcendence
34. Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb
35. The Maze Runner
36. Queen Of The Desert
37. The Monuments Men
38. The Giver
39. Birdman
40. Dracula Untold
41. After The Dark (aka The Philosophers)
42. Inherent Vice
43. Non-Stop
44. Gone Girl
45. Into The Storm
46. The Legend Of Hercules
47. The Grand Budapest Hotel
48. Kingsman: The Secret Service
49. The Expendables 3
50. Divergent

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As always, check the Tracker Pages in the upper right hand corner of this blog for the most updated predictions in all categories!

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